Alltech Teams Up with The Beef Connection for Kentucky Beef Blitz
[Lexington, Ky.] – Kentucky cattlemen have a new opportunity to take a holistic, natural approach to growing superior livestock and successful businesses thanks to a new strategic partnership between Union, Ky.-based Beef Connection and Nicholasville, Ky.-based animal health and nutrition company, Alltech.
This relationship will bring Kentucky cow/calf operations a business-minded approach to cattle production based on proven technologies and practices in the areas of genetics and genomics, data retrieval, and feeding and nutrition.
Robert Sand, CEO of The Beef Connection and cow/calf producer, contributes his expertise in the area of traceability, genetic assessment and data analysis in cattle operations, while Alltech brings more than 30 years of research in animal health and nutrition and a proprietary solutions-based approach to feeding cattle to help them reach their full genetic potential naturally. The combination results in a unique opportunity to improve herd health, quality and the bottom line.
“This is a turnkey business solution for the cattle industry that puts the power in the hands of the cow/calf producer,” explained Sand. “Not only can this enhance the performance of the herd, it provides critical information to the farmer that allows them to make strategic business decisions based on accurate data, which can positively impact the profitability of their operations and ultimately provide the best returns on their investments.”
This strategy also includes applying well-established business practices such as statistical process control and continuous improvement to cattle operations.
Alltech’s proprietary nutrition pack provides natural solutions that aid with reproduction, mineral retention, herd health and sustainability. The program is designed to help producers achieve maximum results from their herd by unlocking the genetic potential of their cattle, improving herd health, animal reproduction and feed efficiency.
“The bottom line is through this program, producers can improve quality and sales,” said Jorge Gotuzzo, beef marketing manager for Alltech. “Many times cow/calf operators don’t realize how gene expression will affect their cattle once they are sold to the stocker or feedlot. This program offers traceability for the performance of the animals, while providing the tools to help producers adjust their program early on to improve herd quality.”
The Beef Blitz will begin in early June; with representatives visiting more than 600 Kentucky farms to provide more information about the program. Following the blitz in Kentucky, there is the potential to bring this turn-key cattle business solution to other regions. More information about the program is available at www.thebeefconnection.com.
Southern States & The Beef Connection Announce Joint Effort
May 7, 2012 Union, KY - The Beef Connection, LLC. (Union, KY), a service provider to beef cattle producers, and Southern States (Richmond, VA), a farm supply cooperative, announce a pilot program for beef cattle producers to improve their return on investment through the use of enhanced nutrition that maximizes the genetic potential of their herds.
According to Robert E. Sand, CEO of The Beef Connection, "We're pleased to work with Southern States, a recognized leader in animal feed products, in this pilot excercize that introduces The Beef Connection's Elite Producer Program to select Southern States customers. This program involves feeding genetically superior offspring with quality feed supplemented by The Beef Connection Nutritional Pack to optimize animal health and feed-to-gain performance. By using accurate Age & Source Verification records, we can connect feed performance and harvest data in a powerful database that helps build more efficient herds, cycle after cycle. This also enables us to prepare individualized marketing plans for each producer so they may gain the best price for their high performing cattle. Based on the expected outcome of this pilot exercise we expect to eventually include additional Southern States customers in the Program."
"I am truly excited about this joint effort between The Beef Connection and Southern States," said Jessica Lohman, Livestock and Equine Marketing Manager for Southern States. "With The Beef Connection's expertise and industry involvement, and the quality feeds, inputs and services from Southern States, we expect to see the beef producers in our territory improve their profitability through this program."
Southern States, founded in 1923, now has more than 300,000 farmer-members. As one of the nation's largest agricultural cooperatives, it provides a wide range of farm inputs, including fertilizer, seed, livestock feed, pet food, animal health supplies and petroleum products, as well as other items for the farm and home. The cooperative serves its memebers and non-member customers through 1,100 retail outlets.
Founded in 2004, the mission of The Beef Connection is to provide commercial cattle producers with a more efficient method of raising superior animals so they can realize greater profits today and be more sustainable in the future.